What is flexible working?

Flexible working is a way of working that suits an employee’s needs, for example having flexible start and finish times, or working from home.

Common types of flexible working are:

Flexible working arrangements might include:

  • changing from full-time to part-time work
  • changing the part-time hours that you work, for example from weekends to weekdays
  • changing working hours to fit in with, for example, school hours, college hours or care arrangements
  • compressed hours, that is, working your usual hours in fewer days
  • flexitime, which allows you to fit your working hours around agreed core times
  • working from home or remotely for part or all of the time
  • job sharing
  • self-rostering, where your shift pattern is drawn up to match your prefered times as closely as possible
  • shift working
  • staggered hours, which allow you to start and finish your days at different times
  • time off in lieu
  • annualised hours, where your working time is organised around the number of hours to be worked over a year rather than over a week
  • term-time work, so you don’t work during the school holidays

How to request flexible working patterns:

All employees have the legal right to request flexible working – not just parents and carers.

This is known as making a statutory application’.

Employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks to be eligible.

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Updated 24/08/2021